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    1879 Washlady Half Dollar in Copper
    Judd-1598, PR66 Red and Brown

    1879 50C Washlady Half Dollar, Judd-1598, Pollock-1792, R.6, PR66 Red and Brown NGC. The Washlady design is attributed to Charles Barber, with Liberty's hair bound behind the head. The "Washlady" nickname is generally attributed to David Proskey, who apparently thought the way Liberty's hair was arranged indicated it was disheveled. The obverse has UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around the border with the date below the bust. The reverse has an eagle clutching an olive branch and three arrows. The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA legend and E PLURIBUS UNUM motto follow inside the upper-reverse border with the denomination expressed as HALF DOLLAR below. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. It is thought that between 12 and 15 examples of this variety exist in copper. References on the subject note that Morgan's Schoolgirl patterns are more highly regarded than Charles Barber's Society Lady -- or Washlady -- motif. Interestingly, a side-by-side comparison shows that both designs feature a similar likeness of Liberty, only with differing hairstyles. Significant amounts of underlying mint red can be easily seen on each side with equal amounts of blue-brown present.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AGN, PCGS# 71976)


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